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Roast Chicken with Blood Oranges

Happy Wednesday, y’all!  The week is half over.

This is a good thing.

At any rate, I’ve decided that it is my mission these days to find as many different ways to roast a whole chicken as I can (since we have about 8 of them in the freezer).  This one?  Is simply delicious.

You don’t necessarily need a blood orange; they just happen to be in season and I had a couple waiting to be used.  If you use a different type of orange, make sure it’s a fairly tart type.

Oh, this is also my entry for You Capture this week as well – the subject is “Body Parts.”  She said to “keep it clean, people!” but I’m still showing some leg and a little breast here.  I hope you’ll all forgive me.

Roast Chicken with Blood Oranges

Roast Chicken with Blood Oranges

serves 4 to 6

3 pounds whole chicken
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 small blood orange
small handful fresh cilantro leaves
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons honey
1 clove garlic, finely minced
3 large celery stalks, trimmed and halved

Preheat the oven to 400º F. Lay the celery stalks in a single layer in the bottom of a large, heavy, oven-proof pan such as a Dutch oven.

Place the cold, cubed butter in a small bowl and zest the blood orange with a microplane grater over the butter. Toss to combine and set aside.

Cut the orange in half and juice one half, reserving the juice and peel. Quarter the other half, and set aside.

Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Carefully slide your fingers between the skin and the breast meat, loosening the skin (don’t worry if it tears slightly). Push the zest and butter beneath the skin, then insert the quartered orange, peel and cilantro into the cavity of the bird. Truss and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.

Place the chicken on the “raft” of celery in the pan; roast at 400º F for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 F and roast for another 15 to 18 minutes per pound.

Whisk the blood orange juice together with the honey and garlic; 20 minutes before the chicken is done, remove it from the oven and baste with the honey/orange juice mixture. Return to the oven and roast until the juices run clear when the thigh is pricked with a fork.

Once the chicken is done, allow it to rest for 15 to 20 minutes before carving. Serve with the pan juices.

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Posted in participation with Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday


20 comments

Be says:

Count me in as a breast man, orange glazed or not. But this was delicious.

Jan says:

LOL – no comment. :P

The picture alone sells this dish. YUM!

Jan says:

Thank you! I’m getting more comfortable with the whole food photography thing. And it tastes even better than it looks!

Colleen says:

Great idea for the theme. Looks amazing!

Jan says:

Thank you! I was inspired at the last minute (and with no idea what I was going to shoot).

Carrie says:

“leg and a little breast” had me cracking up! This is a great take on the You Capture theme this week and the food looks yummy, yummy, yummy!

Jan says:

Thank you – I was hoping someone else would find the “leg and breast” thing as amusing as I did. LOL

sally says:

The chicken looks amazing! And we have blood oranges galore at the farmer’s market right now. Mmmm.

Jan says:

Oh, go buy at least one and make this dish! You won’t be sorry!

Jen Higgins says:

Hilarious! You gave me a good chuckle :)

Jan says:

Thank you – I cracked myself up, if the truth be told. LOL

Lisa says:

I agree. Beautiful photo.

Jan says:

Thank you, Lisa – I didn’t do much to set up the shot, so I’m quite pleased with it. And, as I said before, it tasted just as good as it looked. :)

Oh, thank you. This is exactly the recipe I need in my life right now!
Seriously! xoxo

Jan says:

Oh, good! It’s super good – has a wonderfully light orange taste to it. And it’s fairly easy to make.

Let me know what you think of it!

Sean says:

That looks fantastic. You know, since you take such great pics, it would be interesting to see you add some cooking shots/basting/seasoning etc shots if you had the time or inclination.

Jan says:

I’ve done it from time to time – see the rendering lard and bacon-wrapped meatloaf posts – but it’s time consuming and hard to photograph yourself cooking. :) Although I suppose I could always drag my tripod into the kitchen and buy a remote shutter device.

Hmmm…Beloved may not thank you for this suggestion. LOL

Linda says:

Jan this looks and sounds wonderful. Thank You!

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